House of Niccolo Book Covers
The Niccolo covers are much simpler in number and publisher as, being written later, they missed most of the moves that affected the Lymond Chronicles.
There are just a couple missing so if anyone has a copy of any of them then please get in touch and see if we can scan or photograph them to complete the collections.
These are perhaps the most lavish covers of all, particularly the vols 3-5 which are very impressive with the cover pictures wrapping round to the back. I've never seen the final two volumes so if anyone has these I'd love to hear from you.
Michael Joseph hardbacks and trade paperbacks and some early Penguin editions
These mostly shared the same covers although in some cases the Penguin versions were slightly zoomed in compared to the MJ hardbacks. However there were some variations - for instance Scales of Gold seems to have had two completely different covers and one variation, while there was a "Special Collectors edition" of Spring of the Ram with a ribbon bookmark and gilded edges to the pages, which had a different cover..
Penguin paperbacks - middle editions
These were the small format editions. The pictures were quite finely detailed and I always felt that they were rather wasted by being reduced to the small size of the paperbacks.
Penguin paperbacks - later editions
Cover painting - View of a Market Place by Hendrik Steenwyck (1550-1603)
Spring of the Ram
A Sultan Receiving Tribute by Giovanni Antonio Guardi (1699-1760)
Race of Scorpions
detail from View of Naples depicting the Araganese fleet re-entering the port after the Battle of Ischia in 1442, attributed to Francesco Rosselli (1445-c1513)
Scales of Gold
detail from The Meeting of Etherius and Ursula and the Departure of the Pilgrims, from the St. Ursula Cycle, 1498 by Vittore Carpaccio
detail from The Book of Hours: May, c1540 by Simon Bening
To Lie with Lions
Gerrit deVeer Narrative of Barent's last voyage, 1598. Ship of William Barent's fleet caught in ice
Caprice and Rondo
details from Nomadic Encampment from a 'Khamsa' by Nizami, Tabriz, East Azerbaijan, Persian, Safavid dynasty, 1539-43
For some reason Gemini didn't follow the pattern and received a very cut-down version of the hardback cover